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Can you learn to read music?

YES! And it’s easier, faster and cheaper, when you do it the Right way.

Here’s the truth…

You CAN’T learn how to read music from a book.

You need a proven SYSTEM, created by real, professional musicians – NOT publishers and marketing pros.

Learning How to Read Music Give You several Advantages

Of course, knowing how to read music is no guarantee of a  successful music career. But, If there was ever a time to know all you can about music, from Music Theory to Production – it’s today.

The 21st century musician should be as prepared as possible. Some gigs don’t require music reading skills, but many others do.

As a result, a professional musician should try and prepare for any musical opportunity. Knowing how to read music is simply a tool to help you be the best musician you can be.

Image of man playing on a musical staff that is in the air.

Good News!

My book, How To Read Music – SEE it, SAY it, PLAY it will soon be an online course. The lessons, exercises, mp3s, videos and pdfs will be available with a subscription plan.  You can subscribe for a month, 3 months or a lifetime – as needed. Stay tuned.

Be Prepared for All Opportunities

Music Reading Skills Can Equal More Gigs

Learning how to read music is not just for “classical” musicians. There are many gigs today that require you to read charts, lead sheets and sheet music.

  • Musical Theater
  • Studio Musician
  • Conductor
  • Arranger
  • Composer and more…

Not to mention – you can hop on a plane, listen to a band’s playlist on the trip, write your own cheat-sheet charts… and play their gig. You might be the “go-to-pro” in an emergency situation.

True, it is not required for all musicians to learn how to read music. But on the other hand, why miss any opportunity to play… AND GET PAID?

Picture of a musician performing live. His electric bass is positioned behind him with 2 keyboards on a stand in front of him. Playing multiple instruments can be a big advantage in getting gigs.

above all

reading music helps you stop guessing

Woman waiting to sing

Increased Musical Knowledge

Ear Training

Confidence

Stop faking

Practical Music Theory

More Gig Opportunities

Notate Your Own Music

Read Charts

Visual, Aural and Motor Skill-Stacking

Fun and personal enrichment

In addition

Learning How to Read Music can Hack Many Skills at Once

Because, when you learn how to read music correctly, you are empowered in 4 areas:

  • Aural Skills
  • Visual Skills
  • Motor Skills
  • Confidence

The right system for learning how to read music isn’t frustrating. Instead, it should be as natural as learning your own language.

Aural Skills

To learn music notation the right way accelerates ear training. After all – Music is sound, not graphics.

Visual Skills

Our one-note-@-a-time system will build your vocabulary but avoid information overload.

Motor Skills

Learning to read music will connect your eyes, ears, brain and hands. It’s a powerful combination.

confidence

When you understand notes, rests, time signatures and the basic rhythms of music – you can relax and play.

The Secret Sauce

Reading Music: Old-School Secrets of The Pros

There’s a thousand ways to do anything. But only a few are successful.

As much as I like new stuff – the old-school methods rule when learning how to read music.

CONCERNS

MYTHS

SOLUTIONS

Why should I learn how to read music?

Simple. To be better equipped for whatever you want to do with music. It’s not going to make you rich and famous, but it won’t hurt your career either. It’s a tool for any musician that wants to be more valuable in the marketplace. For some gigs, it’s essential. For others, it doesn’t matter. In your case – that’s for you to decide. Read the article, “Learn to Read Music – 5 Reasons You Should” for a discussion.

Why is reading music so hard?

It isn’t. You’ve been trying to learn to read music the hard way. The wrong way. Unfortunately, many people are taught by a weak process that creates information overload. It’s too much stuff to process and it IS hard. It’s almost impossible. That’s why I wrote How To Read Music – See it, Say it, Play it. You learn one note @ a time. You only study 1 thing at a time. The right thing. You also learn with play-along music tracks. Songs are specially written for one note, then two notes, then three… The system has worked for thousands of musicians. It’ an 0ld-school process, with a modern presentation.

What's different about How To Read Music - See it, Say it, Play it?

Everything! First off – you can’t learn to read music from a book. Learning the music language should engage your ears, eyes, motor skills and more. 99% of the books on the market just give you symbols to memorize.

THAT’S LIKE LEARNING TO SWIM FROM A BOOK.

I want to laugh out loud (so I won’t cry) when I see these books claiming to teach how to read music.
  • This is a staff.
  • This is a measure.
  • This is a Time Signature.
And this is a pill, and this is a scalpel, and this is a heart, and this is a tumor. But that isn’t teaching me to be a doctor. Those are just terms. It Doesn’t Work There are so many frustrated people out there that have tried really hard to read music. And the process itself does more harm than good. I don’t mean to be negative about any other books, methods and courses. If nothing else, you can get exposed to musical terms and symbols. But you need a strategy, a system that puts it all together for you. This gives an ADVANTAGE – not a roadblock to reading & creating music. To get a better idea of the advantages our method offers, take three minutes and go read this…

I'm Afraid I'll Lose My Individual Style if I Learn to Read Music

Your concern is a good one. But your reasoning is wrong. Nobody should lose their individuality – especially musicians. If you have heard me or read any of my material, I encourage you to find and develop your unique musical voice. But – learning the alphabet didn’t hurt your style. Learning to read and write your language didn’t hurt either. Instead, it helps you express yourself. When you hear aspiring musicians sound like robots, that’s due to bad teaching and wrong understanding – not reading music. Yes, you can develop bad habits and weak performance techniques when learning to read music. Learn the right way, and you’ll be good.

My Favorite Musician Doesn't Read Music

And……………………………………. This affects your music career how?

What is See it, Say it, Play it?

An organic system to learn the music language.

Reading music, especially sight-reading, is just like reading words.

You’re not seeing it for the first time, you’re recalling words you already know.

For example, if you read a magazine while checking out at the grocery store -that’s sight-reading. Right?

But you aren’t really sight-reading. You know those words. You have a vocabulary.

You’ve read it all before.

Music notation works the same way.

  • I teach you to SEE/Recall Music Notes in context.
  • SAY it (speak the rhythm correctly – just like you would play it).
  • And PLAY it in real time, in real music, on a real instrument.

But if all you’ve ever done is memorize terms, all you will ever do is perform very slowly and mechanically. That’s all you know.

Instead, a learning system should prepare you to create music… not block you.

You mentally “see” it – without guessing. You can “say” it because you know the vocabulary. You can then play/perform in context.

Here’s the Truth:

Memorizing symbols isn’t reading music. It’s just memorizing symbols.

SSP (See it, Say it, Play it) stacks your visual, aural and motor skills. Seriously, it’s a huge advantage to your musicianship and skills.

If you’re getting frustrated and feeling like you’re not improving at the rate you want, try our way.  It works.

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